They didn’t change the music outside of Lambeau Field Monday morning. No one preempted the Christmas carols playing on the loudspeakers and blared Queen’s “We Are The Champions” or Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” in honor of the Green Bay Packers’ 44-38 come-from-behind overtime victory over the New York Jets one day earlier.
Inside, interim head coach Joe Philbin calmly explained that his guys had done their jobs — played hard, didn’t quit, made some critical plays. No one was mistaking the Packers’ first road victory of the season (in their final opportunity to do so) for something more meaningful in a disappointing season that won’t include the playoffs for the second consecutive year — a foreign concept to an organization that had seen trips to the postseason as a bare-minimum accomplishment for more than two decades.
All that said, Philbin wanted to make one thing clear: Winning is never meaningless. And there is value in it, even after the loss the previous week in Chicago that extinguished the team’s flickering playoff hopes and led some sects of the team’s passionate fan base to root for improved draft position over actual victories.